Soultaker DVD Bargain Bundle (DVD 1-4) (Hyb)
Britt Halaas - Aug 13 2010
This series took awhile to really sell to me. Since it is not available legally to watch anywhere online, I went ahead and invested in the bundle and did not regret it. Sure the animation style is a little strange, but nothing you can't get passed. The story itself is totally amazing. Though I have heard others say that it isn't emotionally deep, I would have to disagree 100%. This series has a lot of deep emotions and is by far not your generic shonen as say Naruto or Bleach (not selling those series short at all). If you are looking for a great short series that has a lot to it and makes you think, then this is the series for you.
This series is nearly flawless all the way to even the dub. Now, I make it no mystery that I love anything that comes out of Vancouver (as far as dubs are concerned) and the main reason I even wanted to check out this series, but this is by far one of the best dubs that has been produced in Vancouver and deserves a lot of props. All of the actors fit their characters flawlessly and had an all star Vancouver cast, Brad Swaile, Trevor Devall, Paul Dobson, Brian Drummond, Kelly Sheridan, and a ton more. If you are a fan of dubs, or at least don't mind them, you will not be disappointed.
As always, the Japanese cast is phenomenal as well. Though that is no real surprise. The acting on both audio tracks leave you with a lot of emotion and leave you needing to watch the next episode.
It does have a totally different feel than most anime. It feels relatively like a comic book, but that shouldn't be looked at negatively. This story really fit the art style and it was amazingly executed. But if you're a person who likes anime for the Japanese stuff, then this series may not be completely for you. This is a story that could take place anywhere in the world and has no real ties to Japan. Some say that it actually has a very "western" feel. Which could be the case, due to its comic book look, but I like anime for the story lines, so I am not a decent judge of this.
All in all this is a fantastic series for any anime fan who loves great and deep story lines. I have never seen a series quite like this one before, and will be sad if it is not picked up for redistribution since Pioneer and Geneon America no longer exist.
Josh D. Taylor - Aug 14 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rating: Pretty good!
Artist Freedom, With a Plot
First of all, the show has more stained glass and metaphoric imagery then any other series I've seen. The story follows a young man who dies at the hand of his mother to awaken his powers as the SoulTaker. He and two companions go on a fairly lengthy quest to find Runa, the titular character's sister.
The show never drags on like DBZ with random side adventures, but instead gets to the point rather swiftly. The characters and art can be a little distracting, which isn't bad since there's more symbolism then story arc discussion between characters. The plot has nice twists and turns that make it as engrossing as any other action series, i.e. Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor. I was pleased with the series as it's only 4 volumes in length. The ending, while swift, leaves room for a potential sequel and the extras leave something to be desired with no commentary or difference in other series' trailers across all 4 discs.
If you want a series that's old-ish, well done with a nice dub (save for Kyosuke and his early whining about his mother) then it's worth the $14.99 price tag.